Saturday, January 15, 2011

Private vs Secret

I stand in the middle of the road regarding the statement that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." It is not about what you don't want other people to know it is more about what you want or are willing to share.

After reading both the assigned articles regarding Privacy, I decided to Google: Privacy vs Publicity to see more about what is out there. after review many of different articles on the subject. I came across an article written by Herman T Tavani, back in April 2000 called Privacy and the Internet.

The following quote caught by eye: "Clarke (1999) has recently suggested that privacy can be thought of as an "Interest individuals have in sustaining personal space free from interference by other people and organizations." I believe with most people that it is an interest and a way of expressing there self's, as most people with there friends vs wanting the whole world to know what and how they are doing anything.

There is a difference between private and secret. As with private: is the wish to remain unnoticed or unidentified in the public like were you go on vacation or shop, who you are dating and secret: is something that is kept hidden from others or known only to oneself or to a select few that you wish to tell like how much you make or your personal family business. How much information are you willing to share or want to be public knowledge?

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